It’s best-known for its sporting and entertainment credentials, thanks to the globally recognised Wembley Stadium and The SSE Arena, Wembley. But Wembley actually has plenty more strings to its bow. Thanks to its melting pot of nationalities, it’s something of a window to the world. Restaurants here span spice-scented tandooris and exotic Middle Eastern eateries, and the high streets are packed with Polish delis, Afro-Caribbean hair salons and oriental health stores.
After a lot of redevelopment, it’s emerged into a thriving hotspot with contemporary new-build homes, bucketloads of culture and a surprisingly well-developed foodie scene.
Where is Wembley?
Wembley falls under the borough of Brent – rumoured to be London’s most diverse. Part of North West London, it’s just 10 miles from the centre of the city, and, while incredibly well-connected, it’s also got plenty of places that feel more rural than you’d think. Away from Wembley’s energetic centre, pockets of tranquillity are easy to come upon, courtesy of green spaces such as King Edward VII Park and Fryent Country Park. Brent Reservoir is a peaceful stretch of water edged by woodland and wild flowers, and it’s a site of Special Scientific Interest, so it’s a great place to explore plants and wildlife.
The Wembley Park regeneration
While the Wembley Stadium arch still dominates the skyline here, it’s now got plenty of skyscraper neighbours. Most of these gleaming towers sit within the Wembley Park neighbourhood – previously dubbed Wembley City. This enormous regeneration project is now the epicentre of the entire area. Led by esteemed developer Quintain, the project has birthed hundreds of new apartments, brand-new dining and entertainment venues, a string of artists studios and a brand-new community hub, called The Yellow. There’s also a new theatre in the works – Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre is set to open in October 2019, with War Horse as its hotly anticipated inaugural production.
Wembley Park’s properties come with a serving of landscaped grounds, new parkland, squares and even a tree-lined boulevard. Which means it’s got a lovely, neighbourhood feel and is perfect for wandering. It’s estimated that some 20,000 people will call the area home by 2027.
Developments to rent and buy in Wembley
“We love the service provided by Tipi. We’ve gotten so used to a concierge service, the free events put on for us and the occasional free tickets that we don’t know how we’ll come when we inevitably leave.” – Sam A, Tipi resident
Property developer Tipi has debuted a trio of sought-after developments in Wembley Park – Montana & Dakota, Alto and Landsby. All are available on a rental-only basis, with a set of Tipi perks including no fees or deposits, Wi-Fi and bills included, plus a round-the-clock support team.
“The location of the development is great: close to transport, food and groceries. The apartment being a new build is quite nice. The insulation also seems quite great – we hardly need to turn on the heater. The flat is not too expensive compared to ones closer to Central London, but I’ve heard it’s more expensive than neighbouring non-Tipi flats.” – Tenant V, verified resident at Montana & Dakota
“This place is very close to central London and is modern and clean. Supermarkets are close by hence very convenient. The furnishings are very good. There are wooden floors throughout and the kitchen has a lot of cabinets. We would have liked the apartments to be a bigger for the price we are paying but overall would recommend it.” – Tom, verified resident at Landsby
“Tipi has been by far the easiest company to rent from in my experience. From viewing to moving in took just 7 days with zero deposit. It is expensive for the area given its also zone 4, but comparatively in the form of quality, ease and facilities it’s well worth the cost. The free event tickets and breakfasts/dinners on occasion make it worthwhile in a more sociable rental experience.” – Clayton, resident at Alto
Those looking to buy a Wembley property should look at Anthology’s Wembley Parade development on North End Road. This stylish collection of flats is less than a five-minute walk from the nearest station.
“If developer Anthology London sought to debut an interesting new addition to the Wembley skyline, then it nailed the brief with Wembley Parade. Made up of five buildings, but dominated by a 12-storey cylinder tower, it’s a striking development, with a beautifully landscaped garden at its base.” – HomeViews Property Pro on Wembley Parade
Pinnacle Tower is another property deserving of a mention. This Hycgan development is made up of a variety of unit layouts, including studios, apartments and luxury penthouses – some of which are duplex. It’s also got a hotel and a string of stores onsite.
Things to do in Wembley
Sporting events and musical concerts are ten-a-penny at Wembley Stadium and The SSE Arena. Both have secured their place in history, hosting iconic concerts like Live Aid, and celebrated sports events, including two Olympics competitions and the World Cup Final in 66. Michael Jackson and Madonna are among the music legends to have sold out crowds here. It’s even welcomed the Head of the Catholic Church – Pope John Paul II delivered open-air mass at the stadium back in 1982, to an 80,000-strong crowd.
But put these legendary venues to one side, and there’s some fresh faces that have cropped up in recent years, too. Label lovers flock to the London Designer Outlet, which opened in Wembley Park in 2013. It offers a mix of high street and high-end stores with up to 70% off the usual prices. There’s also a nine-screen Cineworld here, and restaurant chain favourites such as Zizzi, Pizza Express and Wagamama.
Close by, Boxpark Wembley follows hot on the heels of its Shoreditch and Croydon counterparts – a one-stop-shop for street food, music events and comedy nights. For more in the way of street food, head to Market Square on a Wednesday. The stalls are topped with spicy curries, pie ‘n’ mash miniatures and supersize pizza slices. The vendors tend to be local regulars, who know the area like the back of their hand, so don’t be afraid to ask for tips. Not far from here, you’ve got Swedish interiors sensation IKEA.
Transport in Wembley
Wembley Park, Wembley Central and Wembley Stadium are all Zone 4 stations. Wembley Park is on the Metropolitan and Jubilee lines, Wembley Central offers Overground and Bakerloo line services, and Wembley Stadium has National Rail services to Marylebone. Further out, there’s Wembley North and Preston Road, and the area has a reliable and frequent bus timetable for those who prefer to travel this way. In terms of road links, Wembley residents have easy access to the North Circular, the A41 and the M1.
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